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New report highlights inconsistencies in bowel cancer diagnosis

23rd April 2015

The majority of bowel cancer patients in England are still diagnosed too late, according to a new report from Beating Bowel Cancer.

According to the charity, the country's best performing clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are diagnosing 63 percent of patients early, compared with only 30 percent in the worst-performing regions.

If every NHS region in England performed as well as the top CCGs at diagnosing bowel cancer at stages 1 and 2, it is estimated that 3,200 lives could be saved and 34 million pounds could be freed up and spent on other bowel cancer services and treatments.

Those diagnosed with stage 1 bowel cancer have a 97 percent chance of survival, compared to just seven percent when the cancer is more advanced.

Chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer Mark Flannagan called for "further improvements in screening, renewed efforts to raise awareness of signs and symptoms, and investment to support improvements in GP performance in investigating and referring patients appropriately".

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK, with around 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801784826-ADNFCR

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